It Could Happen to You: How to Prevent a Large Data Breach
If you think your company is unlikely to be threatened by a data breach because of your company’s nature or size, think again. Data breaches have started to increase in scale and frequency, and any business could be a target. These breaches have ranged from the large-scale Yahoo data breaches to the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System’s data breach that affected thousands of patients.
Consider, for example, the growing number of health system data breaches nationwide. Patients trust their health care providers with a lot of sensitive information, which often includes social security numbers and driver’s licenses. A large scale-data breach could lead to identity theft and distrust in the health care system for the patients, and a massive lawsuit for the health care provider, among other issues.
Therefore, it’s critical — no matter the size or nature of your business — that all of the data your business stores is truly protected against physical and online theft. It’s not only important to utilize a data management service to protect your data, but it’s important to make sure that your data management service treats physical and virtual security as a top concern. This includes ensuring that their methods are updated according to the latest best practices for data management.
Many data management services have switched to cloud-based management; while this is an incredibly useful tool to utilize, it will also increase the possibility of a data breach by cyber criminals, which usually occurs through a form of malware.
A Solution: Prevent Possible Breaches from the Inside
As technology and hacking tactics improve, and as long as businesses are slow to update their data storage and security systems, data breaches will become more common. In order to better protect your company’s data, you’ll want to limit your employees’ access to data, and make sure that employees are aware of safe cybersecurity practices, to avoid the possibility of your system being compromised.
In addition, make sure that your on-site IT professionals are properly trained and continuously updating their knowledge of their field, even if you use a data management service. This includes monitoring cloud-based behavior such as uploads and unusual activity.
It is dangerous to assume that your business is safe or secure as is, considering how rapidly the tech world evolves. In today’s digital world, all data is desirable and fair game for hackers, so save yourself from a future breach by taking the necessary precautions to protect your data. An experienced data management service such as Silverback’s Data Center Solutions will help to better protect your company’s data, and ease your employees’ burden of proper data management and security.